CRISIS HOSPITALS ARE SAFE, SAY HEALTH BOARD

Following recent events, we would like to reiterate how sorry we are to the families who may have been caused additional pain and distress and we’d again like to share our condolences to those who have suffered the tragedy of losing a child. 
Today’s independent report from Health Protection Scotland is welcome and demonstrates the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital/Royal Hospital for Children is safe. … More CRISIS HOSPITALS ARE SAFE, SAY HEALTH BOARD

UNSPEAKABLE FEMALE SUFFERING AND DEGREDATION

It’s the start of an epic journey. This extraordinary novel has the quality of a deranged folk tale, fraught with danger and darkness and the evils of the present time. It embodies a kind of “Babes-in-the-Wood” fascination and glamour.
Buki is irrepressible, her face glowing with the light from the fire, her eyes big and black with a melting blackness. She is dancing a slow lazy dance, as Babby totters behind. Sparks fly about and the old blighted trees, with their straggling white beards, creak into life, from the blazing fire. … More UNSPEAKABLE FEMALE SUFFERING AND DEGREDATION

NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE APPOINTED IN ARGYLL AND BUTE

By Aileen MacLennan Pippa Milne, Executive Director, will be Argyll and Bute Council’s new Chief Executive from 19 December. Council Leader Aileen Morton: “We had a very strong pool of candidates to choose from. I would like to congratulate Pippa on securing this role, and I look forward to working with her, as Chief Executive, … More NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE APPOINTED IN ARGYLL AND BUTE

ALAS POOR NICOLA WAS DISSECTED BY NEIL OVER NHS

The First Minister insisted a separate Scotland would be welcomed into the European Union “relatively” quickly while being able to use the currency of a non-EU state, the pound. However, she failed to provide any detail on how Scotland would cut its huge deficit to the three per cent required by the EU, while raising the tens of billions of pounds of currency reserves it would require. Ms Sturgeon also struggled to defend her government’s health record amid a slew of missed waiting times targets and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital scandal. … More ALAS POOR NICOLA WAS DISSECTED BY NEIL OVER NHS

JOURNALISTIC INVESTIGATION BY THE FERRET

“I’ve had the misfortune of spending time with women who’ve had to give up breastfeeding after six weeks due to malnutrition, because they’re getting so few calories they’re not able to produce breast milk. I’ve had the misfortune of sitting with a father of four who attempted to take his life twice within a period of 18 months because of a 14 per cent deduction to his housing benefit, because of a spare bedroom. I mean, that is how brutal it gets,” says Gurr holding on to a bunnet he’s wearing so it doesn’t blow away. … More JOURNALISTIC INVESTIGATION BY THE FERRET

FIGURES FOR ABUSED CHILDREN WERE WRONG

Justice Ryan said “it appears that the total given in the report was derived by adding the yearly figures for the population in the institutions but that did not take account of the fact that children were counted in each year of detention”. While it was not possible to establish a precise figure, he said, “the department’s calculation of the number of children in Industrial Schools and Reformatories from 1930-1970 and beyond is approximately 42,000 or somewhat higher.” The question of how to handle historical cases of child abuse will be discussed at the Joint Committee on Education and Skills on Tuesday, when a number of survivors, lawyers, historians and archivists will voice concerns about the Retention of Records Bill introduced by Minister Joe McHugh. … More FIGURES FOR ABUSED CHILDREN WERE WRONG

USE BOTH SIDES PLEASE, GREENS’ PLEDGE FREE BUSES

The Scottish Greens have launched their manifesto for December’s snap election with a target of phasing in free public transport and a four-day working week. The party’s platform is focused chiefly on tackling the “climate emergency” and building a “more sustainable economy”. The Greens also want to set up regional banks and nationalise transport firms, energy companies and the national grid. … More USE BOTH SIDES PLEASE, GREENS’ PLEDGE FREE BUSES